The picture above (posted at twitter by Tim Wright) shows a corner of a famous and incredible valuable multimillion-pound Mark Rothko painting called Black on Maroon from 1958, which have been vandalized by a male visitor! The man inscribed some words in black ink in a corner of Black on Maroon, before quickly leaving the room at Tate Modern. The police is currently investigating the incident.
The graffiti on the painting appears to read “a potential piece of yellowism.” According to an online manifesto, Yellowism is an artistic movement run by two people named Vladimir Umanets and Marcin Lodyga.
The canvas, one of a number by Rothko owned by the Tate, was in a room with several other works painted by the Russian-born artist, who emigrated to the US at the age of 10 and went on to become one of America’s most important postwar artists.